||at El Paso (UTEP)
||at No. 66 Tulane
||at Miami (OH)
||at No. 70 Minnesota*
||at Michigan State*
||at No. 10 Michigan*
||at No. 54 Maryland*
||No. 33 Northwestern*
||No. 24 Indiana*
||at No. 21 Purdue
||Big Ten Championships
BOLD indicates home match
Wisconsin heads down south for a pair of matches
The Badgers travel to El Paso on Friday, Feb. 27 before taking on No. 66 Tulane in New Orleans Saturday
After opening the season with six straight home matches, the Wisconsin women's tennis team will leave Nielsen Tennis Stadium for the first time this season to take on UTEP and No. 66 Tulane.
The Badgers have started well, going 4-2 in the first four weekends of the season and have played their best tennis recently, culminating in a pair of dominant wins over Akron and Utah State two weeks ago.
Now, following their bye week, the Badgers will face a couple of non-conference opponents in El Paso and Tulane.
Conference USA member UTEP is also coming off of a bye week, before which the Miners had won three straight matches.
Tulane, of the American Athletic Conference, has started 8-4 on the year, and is ranked for the first time this season. The Green Wave clocks in at No. 66 following a win on Feb. 21 over then No. 61 Yale, 4-1. Tulane defeated the only common opponent with the Badgers, eding out Akron in their first match of the year by a score of 4-3.
Tulane will be the first opponent the Badgers have faced that are ranked at the time of the match. Wisconsin's Feb. 15 opponent, Utah State, now checks in at No. 69, though they were unranked when the Badgers triumphed 6-1 at home.
Friday's match against UTEP will begin at 1 p.m., while Saturday's slate against Tulane will begin at noon.
Follow along here at UWBadgers.com for updated scores and stories after each match.
Wisconsin is coming off of a bye week which followed their 6-1 win over Akron on Friday, Feb. 13 and 7-0 triumph over Utah State Sunday, Feb. 15.
This Past Fall
Led by junior Lauren Chypyha, an invitee to the ITA All-American Championships, the Wisconsin women's tennis team tallied a 45-32 overall singles record this fall.
Autumn singles standouts included Chypyha herself going 9-4 in singles play, who finished the fall slate with a 3-0 record against Big Ten opponents, not including her Bulldog Tennis Classic match victory over her impressive freshman teammate Kelsey Grambeau. Sydney Rider also was impressive in singles play, posting a 10-4 overall record, 3-1 against conference foes.
With three newcomers including freshmen Kelsey Grambeau and Ekaterina Stepanova joining transfer Maria Avgerinos, the UW women's tennis team quickly came together to post an impressive doubles record of 26-16 over the course of the fall season.
Leading the doubles effort was the team of junior Lauren Burich and freshman Kelsey Grambeau, who started their time together as a doubles team by stringing together ten straight match victories en route to a 13-3 record. Close on their heels however, was the pair of juniors, Chypyha and Avegerinos, with a 9-6 record.
A Year Ago...
The Wisconsin women’s tennis team wrapped up the 2013-14 season in the opening round of the 2014 Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament in Evanston, Ill. The Badgers finished the season with a 7-13 record including a 2-10 mark in Big Ten play. Despite its youth, the team showed signs of future success under first-year head coach Tina Samara.
UW was faced with its first obstacle of the season after losing three players, including Pernilla Wholstrom was lost for the season with a back injury, leaving the Badgers with only five healthy players. The Badgers also welcomed a familiar face back to the team, senior Becca Bailey, who had been a walk-on her freshman year.
As a sophomore, Lauren Chypyha stepped up to lead the team in No. 1 singles and worked her way up from No. 2 doubles to No. 1 doubles. Chypyha held an impressive 13-0 streak in the regular season including two ranked wins. She ended the season leading the team with a 15-5 record and 6-5 mark in Big Ten. For her efforts, Chypyha was also named a first-team All-Big Ten honoree.
Anastasia Tripolskaya also made huge strides, working her way up from No. 3 singles to No. 2 singles and played No. 2 doubles. Tripolskaya also led the team with a 15-5 record and a tea-best of seven conference wins. Aside from claiming the most noteworthy win of the season by defeating a top 20 player, Tripolskaya was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for her sportsmanship and ethical behavior both on and off the court.
Lauren Burich also elevated her game in 2013-14, bringing consistent performances to the top of the singles lineup. She played No. 2 singles and No. 3 singles this season, along with No. 1 doubles. Her season was highlighted with a win over Izabella Zgierska of Nebraska. Burich claimed the first set, 6-4, and rallied back from a second set loss of 6-0 to win the third set, 6-4.
Coming back from a knee injury last year, Nova Patel moved up from No. 5 singles to No. 4 singles. She finished the season with a 12-6 record and tied Chypyha with six conference wins. Patel and Tripolskaya held the best doubles record with six wins, as the duo primarily competed at No. 2 doubles.
Sydney Rider and Becca Bailey rounded out the bottom of UW’s singles lineup. Competing predominantly at No. 5 singles, Rider held her own as the only freshman on the team. Although she did not have the best spring season, her best moments came in the fall where she won five matches. Bailey stepped in for the Badgers at the No. 6 singles spot where she was able to claim a pair of conference wins including a shutout against Penn State’s Lisa Petruzillo.
The Badgers managed seven wins this season, and none was bigger than a 4-3 home upset of No. 65 Iowa on March 23. Chypyha knocked-off the 88th-ranked Ruth Seaborne at No. 1 and both Tripolskaya and Bailey had three-set clinchers at No. 3 and No. 6 singles, respectively, to win the match.
Not only did Chypyha knock-off Seaborne, she also earned a win over 89th-ranked Rebecca Shine of Lousiville. The only other Badger to claim a ranked win was Tripolskaya, who defeated 20th-ranked Ronit Yurovsky. After dropping the first set, 6-0, she rallied back for an impressive second set win of 7-5 and won the third set, 1-0.